Sunday, 6 March 2011

Lambeg Drum - Unusual Drums 1

I have seen many, many drums in the last 12 - 15 years, everyone different, everyone special and each with a special story to tell.

This drum below, is owned by the highly respected drumming family the 'Bickerstaff's' who hail from Rathfriland Co. Cown, Northern Ireland. I have the good fortune to teach young Andy Bickerstaff in Rathfriland High School, each Thursday - or should I say Andy teaches me!

Andy made his debut at Markethill in 2010 and drummed very well indeed, he was unfortunate not to get into the last round, but he assures me he will make it into the top 10 in 2011.

This drum - known as 'The Scapegoat' is a Hewitt shell - painted around 2006/7 by Mr. Willie Magowan, from Garvagh, Co. Londonderry.

The town land of 'Balinskegh' (the owner of the drum was born and raised there) is painted below the main painting - the humble goat, with the inscription ' Scapegoat - Suffered for the sins of others' a Biblical quote from the New Testament. .

The drum is called the 'Bronte Challenger'


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